August 14, 2015
Continued city-wide conservation efforts in July led to a 45% reduction in Woodland water use compared with use in July 2013. June water use was down 38% compared with June 2013 use. The state-mandated water conservation target for Woodland is 24% for the period of June 2015 through February 2016, with consumption for each month compared with consumption during the same month in 2013.
Since May, Woodland has been under a Stage 2 Water Warning, requiring a 25% reduction in overall water use from all residential users and a 40% reduction in irrigation use from businesses. The following requirements apply to Woodland water users under Stage 2:
Historically, more than half of residential water use in the Sacramento area has gone to landscape irrigation. To assist Californians with outdoor water conservation, the California Department of Water Resources is now offering rebates for removing turf and replacing it with low water using landscapes at single-family residences. The rebates will cover up to $2 per square foot of removed and replaced turf up to a total of $2,000 (1,000 square feet) per household. The $24 million allocated to the turf replacement program is expected to support the conversion of more than 10 million square feet of turf statewide.
To assist with indoor water conservation, the California Department of Water Resources is also offering rebates for the installation of high-efficiency toilets at single-family residences. Up to $100 will be rebated for purchase and installation of one qualified high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household for replacement of a less-efficient toilet (using more than 1.6 gallons per flush). The $6 million toilet rebate budget will fund the replacement of 60,000 toilets statewide.
Information and application instructions for both of these State of California rebate programs are available at www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com.
The City’s water conservation program offers rebates for mulch, rain barrels, weather-based irrigation controllers, and rain sensors. For information on the City’s rebates and for tips on water conserving practices, visit the program’s web pages at www.cityofwoodland.org/waterconservation or call 661-2067 to speak to water conservation staff.